Updated: June 24, 2024
Name: Bagratyan Alevtina Mikhailovna
Date of Birth: July 25, 1977
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 426 day in a pre-trial detention, 399 day Under house arrest
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 2 years with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to the placement of appeals and other materials in public information and telecommunication networks, including the Internet, for a term of 3 years, with restriction of liberty for a term of 6 months with serving a sentence of imprisonment in a correctional colony of general regime


Artem and Alevtina Bagratyan ended up behind bars after mass searches at Jehovah's Witnesses in Kursk. Both were imprisoned for a long time. The court handed down guilty verdicts to peaceful spouses only because of their faith.

Alevtina was born in 1977 in Kursk. She was an active child: she went to the mime studio, was fond of break dancing, and participated in the life of the school. She graduated from the trade and culinary and construction schools, took courses as a hairdresser and worked in this specialty. Alevtina lived in different places: Kharovsk (Vologda region), Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Dyatkovo (Bryansk region). Later she returned to her native Kursk together with her husband to take care of her mother.

Alevtina met Artem in Kursk. In 2012 they got married. Spouses love outdoor activities, go for mushrooms and berries.

Alevtina became interested in the Bible in her youth, and the knowledge from this book immediately resonated in her heart. Artem supported his wife in her spiritual interests. However, both of them could not even imagine that for this they would be subjected to criminal prosecution and would end up behind bars.

Case History

In October 2019, the FSB initiated a criminal case against Andrey Andreyev, Artem Bagratyan and his wife Alevtina. Andreyev was accused of organizing the activity of an extremist organization, while the others were accused of participating in it. They were placed in a detention center. Later, another believer, Andrey Ryshkov, was arrested. At the end of 2020, Alevtina Bagratyan was transferred to house arrest. Artem Bagratyan suffers from diabetes and other chronic diseases; his condition required inpatient treatment, which he was denied by the management of the detention center. In June 2021, the court sentenced: Andrey Andreyev to 4.5 years in a penal colony, Andrey Ryshkov - 3 years in a penal colony, Artem Bagratyan - 2.5 years in a penal colony and his wife, Alevtina - 2 years in a penal colony. Aleksandr Vospitanyuk was given a 2-year suspended sentence. In January 2022, the court of appeal, and a year later, the court of cassation, upheld this decision. All of the believers have already served their terms.